WA v South Australia, Ryobi Cup, Sydney

Cooper, Klinger deliver first win for SA

Daniel Brettig

October 17, 2013

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South Australia 4 for 286 (Cooper 101, Klinger 91) beat Western Australia 5 for 285 (Katich 66, Bancroft 63, Marsh 54) by 6 wickets

Tom Cooper and Michael Klinger shared a measured stand of 188 to set South Australia on the path to their first victory of the domestic limited-overs competition at Drummoyne Oval, leaving Western Australia last in the table and without a victory.

Klinger's 91 maintained his superior form in the tournament, while Cooper again showed glimpses of the talent that has brought him to the fringes of a national call-up in the past. Their partnership allowed SA to be close enough for Alex Ross and the captain Johan Botha to secure the win with nine balls remaining.

It was a strong performance from the Redbacks after another spiky effort from Simon Katich lifted the Warriors to what had seemed a steep tally. Katich used only 39 balls for his 66, cracking five sixes, and rounding off the earlier contributions of Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh and Marcus North.

SA's target might have been taller still if not for the tidy bowling of Peter George, who claimed 2 for 41. The Warriors' captain Michael Beer bowled with similar thrift for his side, but lacked any kind of support.

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Posted by   on (October 18, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

klinger in last 4 ryobi cup has scored 50 + in all games,

Posted by Shaggy076 on (October 17, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Klinger had 3 back to back good season ands unfortunately for him is only down patch coincidedd when test spots were available. He is putting together the sort of runs you want the younger blokes to deliver. I reckon he is ready for his test call-_up.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

If Klinger keeps churning out the runs like this he will be knocking on doors, plenty of runs across both formats over the last few months... lets not forget he was part of an Aus A tour last year and will be putting himself into contention for higher honours if he continues batting like this.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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